To stop the breeding of wolves and wolf-dogs as pets and to protect those that are already here by spaying & neutering to let them live their lives out with respect.
I’m Stephanie Kaylan, the founder and president of the Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue. I have been involved in wolf and wolf-dog rescue since 1994 and I have been nominated for the New Mexico Milagro Award (for Animal Protection) three times.
Educating future generations is one of my main goals, because children are the future. The Wanagi wolves and wolf-dogs often have a very special bond with children. The more young people volunteer to help the Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue, the more we can educate the next generation about these wonderful animals, the brighter the future will be for the animals. And the more love and joy the animals will feel.
My beloved canine, Wanagi, died of lymphoma, never reaching his 7th birthday. Wanagi (Lakota) means ‘the one who guards and protects the spirits of those who have passed onward.’ I want him and his name to live on, to do good and to save lives.
Breeding exotic animals — including wolves and wolf-dogs –is illegal in only 11 states. (We should not use the word hybrid to describe these animals, because they are not genetically altered. It is a wolf crossed with a dog, creating a wolf-dog.) When wolf-dogs are surrendered to animal shelters, they are considered exotic animals and are given a death sentence. I have been trying to help get stricter laws passed to stop the breeding of these animals.
As wonderful as they are, the abuse and neglect that I have witnessed is appalling. We must stop the breeding.When humans manipulate nature, nature suffers. When people ‘puppy-mill’ or claim to be breeders of wolves or wolf-dogs, they are doing a disservice to nature. Puppy milling will not make anyone rich, and it will only give these lovely animals a rough and unstable beginning in life. We all would do a greater service by going to our local shelters and rescuing canines that desperately need us.
Breeding a wolf, an animal that has innate wild tendencies, with a dog is not showing any kind of wisdom. As a canine behavior consultant, I understand their brain, temperament and attitude and help to socialize and then place these loving animals in secure and loving homes. They are not released to anyone until they are fixed and properly seen by vets. They deserve to live their lives out peacefully and respectfully in caring, loving family homes.
I pray that our organization, the Wanagi Wolf Fund & Rescue, will help set an example for others and that the abuse, neglect and breeding of wolf-dogs will cease.I am but one being trying to make a difference. I cannot do it alone. Nor do I want to or should I. I believe we can all make a difference for the better. We just have to wake up, look beyond our own noses and get involved.
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